UMANEW YORK (RPRN) 5/04/09Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, M.I.A, Day 26, The Dream, Estelle, Kat de Luna, Akon, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Ghetts, Kid Cudi, Tinchy Stryder, Neyo, Eminem, spear head nominations at the annual Urban Music Awards USA taking place on July, the 17th in New York City.
The UMA’s will be held on the 17th of July 2009 in New York City and will be attended by more than 2,000 Artist, DJs, producers, promoters, record labels executives, celebrities from the world of music, radio, TV, sports and music fans from across the country. True to tradition, the public will rule and stars will rejoice with them.

Akon & Bobby Valentino grab triple nominations this year whilst Neyo , J. Holiday, The Dream, Keri Hilson, Musiq Soulchild, Jazmine Sullivan and previous UMA winner Estelle bag double nominations.
Double award nominee, Neyo said “Alot of US artists are always familiar with awards shows they see regularly and sometimes forget that there is a much bigger world out there. The Urban Music Awards is one of the biggest awards shows in Europe because it is the only show that gives a chance to music fans, booking agents, tour promoters worldwide to vote online for their favourites and that is credible to me and i am glad that it has expanded to the USA back to the roots of urban music.

Barbados superstar, Rihanna leads the pack with a phenomenal comeback. The singer is up for four awards – Artist of the Year, Best R&B Act, Best Female Act and Best Music Video for single ‘Rehab’.

Successful British talent , Amy Winehouse, M.I.A and Estelle dominate the Best Female Act category this year and in the Best Television Show category, it’s a battle between MTV, FOX and BET. With Diddy’s hit show ‘Making the Band’ receiving a nomination followed by Simon Cowell’ s American Idol with FOX and finally BET’s triple entries, 106 & Park, Harlem Heights and Rip the Runway.
Comeback king, Eminem manages to grab a nomination for his comeback single ‘Crack a Bottle’. On hearing of his nomination. D12 commented “We thank all the fans around the world who keep supporting us. The Urban Music Awards and Invincible has always been a great support especially within Europe and Asia and we are excited and looking forward to taking part in the celebrations at the Urban Music Awards USA in New York City”.

The Urban Music Awards was born to give music fans all around the world an opportunity to ‘nominate’ and ‘vote’ for all the music they strongly support. This year, the official website ;

www.urbanmusicawards.net received over 1.2 million submissions from music fans as far across as Japan, Australia, Dubai , Switzerland, Norway, United Kingdom and most importantly throughout North America.

Since its inception in 2003, the Urban Music Awards has set itself apart from other awards ceremony by first being the only Hip Hop, R&B, and soul awards ceremony to be held in six countries annually and by being the only awards ceremony that gives YOU the public full deciding power on who gets nominated and who ends up winning the prestigious awards. The Urban Music Awards has gone on to fly the flag for Hip Hop, R&B , and soul music all around the world with a database of over 12,000 booking agents and tour promoters with an aim of connecting artists with various touring and booking opportunities worldwide.

Our return to New York City marks the second time since 2007. The 2007 event was attended by over 3,000 guests at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan and broadcast to over 14 countries worldwide.

In 2009 the Urban Music Awards USA is proud to welcome our brand new sponsors; Levi’s (The world’s number 1 jeans company), Proximity Blue, Invincible Mobile, Sonicbids.com and more to be announced shortly. The Urban Music Awards will be webcast live to millions of viewers worldwide and the televised show will also be syndicated for broadcast via 12 channels across the USA, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. An estimated total television audience of over 48 million viewers will get to watch the awards show making it the biggest most watched Hip Hop, R&B and soul awards ceremony in the world.

Recipient of the UMA Living Legend award 2009, Grandmasterflash said “I am honoured to receive this award and i can’t wait to attend the awards show in July. The Urban Music Awards is different from all other awards shows because it represents the whole world. Our music is mainstream and we have to connect with our fans from all around the world to build an even bigger community and the Urban Music Awards through its international expansion and reach offers that opportunity to reach a much bigger audience than any other awards show”.

The 2009 awards show sees the UMA collaborating with Sonicbids.com to bring you America’s Next Urban Superstar. With over 15,000 up and coming artist competeting through out North America to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to appear on stage at the Urban Music Awards USA on the 17th of July 2009.

Hip Hop Superstar, Busta Rhymes also known as Trevor Smith is finally being recognised for his hard work in the music industry. Busta Rhymes is the longest most consistent rapper who’s flow, charisma and love for Hip Hop music has not changed since he released his debut album ‘A Future without a past’ with then hiphop crew ‘Leaders of the New School’ in 1989 along with Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Cut Monitor Milo. With a music career spanning 21 years of success, something that most artist today could only dream of. The New York native, Trevor Smith aka Busta Rhymes is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

FULL LIST OF UMA 2009 Nominees include:
Artist of the Year 2009 (USA & UK)
The Dream
Rick Ross
J. Holiday
Lil Wayne

Best Album 2009 (USA & UK)
John Legend ‘Evolver’ (G.O.O.D/Columbia)
The Dream ‘Love VIS Money’ (RadioKilla /DefJam)
Kanye West ‘808’s & Heartbreak’ (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Akon ‘Freedom’ (Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Motown)
Seal ‘Soul’ (Warner Bros.)
Musiq Soulchild ‘On my Radio’ (Atlantic)
Keri Hilson ‘In a perfect world’ (Mosley/Zone4/Interscope)
JadaKiss ‘Last Kiss’ (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
India Arie ‘Testimony: Vol2, Love & Politics’ (Soulbird/Universal Republic)

Best Gospel Act 2009 (USA only)
Mary Mary
Mathew West
Francesca Battistell
Kirk Franklin
Brandon Heath
Donnie McClurkin

Best International Latino Act 2009
Kat de Luna
Fanny Lu
Tito ‘El Bambino’
Enrique Iglesias
Vincente Fernandez

Best Music Video 2009 (USA & UK)
Rhianna “Rehab”
Bobby V feat Lil Wayne “Ms Officer”
Day 26 ft. Young Joc & Diddy ‘Imma put it on her’
Akon ‘Beautiful’
Lady Gaga ‘Poker Face’
Neyo ‘Ms Independent’

Best R&B Act 2009 (USA & UK)
Jazmine Sullivan
Robin Thicke
Bobby V
Keyshia Cole
J Holiday

Best DJ 2009 (USA & UK)
Green Lattern (USA)
Khaled (USA)
Tim Westwood (UK)
Fatman Scoop (USA)
Funkmaster Flex (USA)

Best Radio Station 2009 (USA only)
Power 106 (South Carlifonia)
Hot 97 (New York)
Q93 (www.q93.com)
99 Jamz (South Florida)
95.7 Jamz (Atlanta , GA)

Best TV Show (US only)
Making the Band – MTV
Bet 106 & Park – BET
American Idol – FOX
Rip the Runway – BET
Harlem Heights – BET

Best HipHop Act 2009 (USA & UK)
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
Lupe Fiasco
Kardinal Offishall

Best Magazine (Print & Online)
Yo Raps
HipHop Weekly

Best Male Act 2009 (UK & USA)
Dizzee Rascal
Kid Cudi
Bobby V
Day 26

Best Collaboration 2009 (USA & UK)
Kanye West ft Estelle ‘American Boy’
Taoi Cruz ft Sugababes & Busta Rhymes ‘Like a Star’
Jay Z ft Santagold ‘Brooklyn Go Hard’
T-Pain feat. Ludacris ‘Chopped & Screwed’
Sway feat. Akon ‘Silver & Gold’
Jim Jones & Ron Browz ft. Juelz Santana ‘Pop Champagne’
Musiq Soulchild ft. Mary J Blige ‘If U Leave’

Best Female Act 2009 (UK & USA)
Amy Winehouse
Jazmine Sullivan
Chrisette Michelle
Keri Hilson

Best International Reggae Act 2009
Sean Paul
Tony Matterhorn
Sizzla Kalonji

Best Producer 2009
Mark Ronson
Swiss Beatz
Scott Storch
Ryan Leslie

Best Single 2009 (USA & UK)
Tinchy Stryder feat Dappy ‘Number 1’
Busta Rhymes ft Diddy, T-Pain & more ‘Arab Money’
Ghetts ‘Sing for me’
T-Pain ‘Chopped & Screwed’
Eminem ft Dr. Dre & 50 Cent ‘Crack a bottle’
Kid Cudi ‘Day and Night’
Beyonce ‘Halo’
REGISTER & VOTE NOW @ http://www.urbanmusicawards.net/us_vote_now.php

For Interview request with C.E.O of Urban Music Awards (Jordan Kensington):
Contact: Linda Sykes
E-mail: linda.sykes@urbanmusicawards.net

For VIP tickets/Tables/Cooperate Hospitality/Sponsorship
Contact: Charlie Simpson
E-mail: Charlie@urbanmusicawards.net

For Celebrity/Press/Media Accreditation
Contact: Alyssa Menard
E-mail: Alyssa@urbanmusicawards.net
For Celebrity /VIP enquiries
Contact: Khandyce Menard
E-mail: Khandyce@urbanmusicawards.net
General UMA Hotline: 213- 291-8682

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Invincible Media Group is the international parent group of companies behind Invincible Magazine, ICM (Invincible Celebrity Management), Invincible Radio, Invincible Television, and Invincible films, Invincible Jeans, Invincible Events and Invincible Mobile. Invincible was launched on the 1st July 1999 in London, as a style, ideas and impact conscious brand with the aim of serving our vibrant, multi-cultural society. Since its creation, with offices in the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France and the Caribbean, Invincible has launched the careers of musicians, artists, photographers, designers, writers, models and actors around the world, while staking out an unchallenged position for itself at the cutting-edge of international urban cool and inspiration. Fuelled by a dedication to succeed, Invincible promotes a message of unity to empower diversity and creativity. Invincible events is also responsible for the Invincible Fashion Awards (Barbados), Urban Music Awards (held annually both in the UK, France, Caribbean, & U.S.A), British Music Week and the National Entrepreneurs Conference (NYC).

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